Author Sue Raymond
This will be the first time we meet Sue. Let’s take a peek into her life and writing.
There are many doors in one’s life that the person has the opportunity to either explore what lies behind that door or leave it closed and open another door to another adventure. I thank the Lord that He has locked many doors in my life that could have destroyed me. I can look back and see His hand protecting me and my family from my choices and the devastation it caused when He allowed me to have my own way because of stubbornness.
The newest door He has opened for me is one of being a published author. For those who think this is super easy, let me tell you the easy part is the rough draft. After you write it, then comes the nose to the grindstone of all the different parts of getting it from a rough draft to a published novel. There is rewrites, editing, proofreading, more editing, beta readers, proofreaders, more editing, cover design, bios, cover info, indie or traditional publishing, ISBN registration, then once published you have to market your novel with press leases, book signings, making ads that help market to the correct audience. Then you try to get reviews for the novels so your novel rises in the ranking so more people have a chance to read your work. You also need a thick skin for those who do not like your work and seek to tear it down with bad reviews. Authors do appreciate constructive feedback. This helps us fine-tune our craft for the enjoyment of the reading audience.
Being an author is not for the weak-hearted. But it is also very wonderful to be able to create worlds that the reading audience can share and enjoy.
Interview conducted by Very Sherry Terry
TNR: Is being a murder mystery writer a gift or a curse?
Sue: Being a murder mystery writer is both as it allows one to submerge into a world the normal person would never dare place one foot. It also can be a curse as one has to be careful in doing research, especially on the internet. You can become flagged as a person of interest with the authorities.
TNR: I never thought about it that way. Good tip! What drew you to write in the murder mystery genre?
Sue: Growing up I always had a curious mind. I read a lot trying to figure out the plot. Soon I was able to even forecast the who, what, and why five minutes into TV show much to the disapproval of those around me.
TNR: What are you currently working on and what is it about?
Sue: I am illustrating the children’s picture book I wrote. It is an ABC book filled full of funny pictures of animals on their way to a picnic.
TNR: That sounds interesting. When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
Sue: I have a vague idea of how I want the protagonists to be at the beginning, however, once I get into the story the protagonists take over the story and I hang on for the ride.
TNR: I do the same thing! Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Sue: In modern times the buying public has become accustomed to bright colors and flash to draw their attention to something. You have to make your cover stand out from the thousands of novels available to today’s public. Once you have their attention then the blog and story can take over, drawing their imaginations into fantastic worlds of words.
TNR: Do you have an illustrator? What is that like?
Sue: I am also an artist so I can do my own illustrations. I do use two cover artist for the covers of my novels. Both do an excellent job filling in my ideas of what I want for the cover. My granddaughter is my female model for my covers so that helps keep the cost of the covers down.
TNR: What do your fans mean to you?
Sue: Each fan is important to an author as a fan is able to share and appreciate the stories dwelling with the author’s imagination. Without fans, the author has no one to share the wondrous stories swirling in their soul.
TNR: Do you read your reviews?
Sue: Yes, I read each review. Reviews are the way the fans can communicate with the author on how they like or dislike the author’s work. They help the author hone their craft bringing a richer and more in-depth story for the fans’ reading enjoyment.
TNR: Do you prefer to write alone or in the company of other people?
Sue: Usually I write better when I am alone at night when everyone one else has gone to bed. I have written in the company of others but I curled up in some out of the way place so in a way I closed myself off from the outside and am alone with my imagination.
TNR: I like to write once everyone has gone to bed too. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Sue: I would visit Ireland and Scotland. Some of my ancestors were from there and both countries have a mystical quality to them that sparks one’s imagination into fantastic worlds of adventures.
TNR: What a great interview! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a peek into your life with us.
Please take a look at Sue’s catalog. Each cover is a direct link to the book.